England flank forward Lewis Moody will miss the Six Nations rugby match against France at Twickenham in two days after a knee ligament injury flared up again.
Prop Andrew Sheridan returns after getting over a back problem. That’s the only change made by manager Martin Johnson in the team announced today. Mike Tindall keeps the captain’s role in the absence of Moody, who will have missed all three Six Nations games so far.
Sebastien Chabal returns to the starting line-up for France, at No. 8.
England and France top the standings, each having won both their games so far, the only unbeaten teams in the tournament.
Also this weekend, Italy hosts Wales and Ireland travels to Scotland.
ENGLAND TEAM: B. Foden (Northampton Saints), C. Ashton (Northampton Saints), M. Tindall (Gloucester Rugby, capt.), S. Hape (Bath Rugby), M. Cueto (Sale Sharks), T. Flood (Leicester Tigers), B. Youngs (Leicester Tigers), A. Sheridan (Sale Sharks), D. Hartley (Northampton Saints), D. Cole (Leicester Tigers), L. Deacon (Leicester Tigers), T. Palmer (Stade Francais), T. Wood (Northampton Saints), J. Haskell (Stade Francais), N. Easter (Harlequins).
Replacements: S. Thompson (Leeds Carnegie), A. Corbisiero (London Irish), S. Shaw (London Wasps), H. Fourie (Leeds Carnegie), D. Care (Harlequins), J. Wilkinson (Toulon), M. Banahan (Bath Rugby).
FRANCE TEAM: M. Medard (Toulouse), Y. Huget (Bayonne), A. Rougerie (Clermont), Y. Jauzion (Toulouse), V. Clerc (Toulouse), F. Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), D. Yachvili (Biarritz), T. Domingo (Clermont), W. Servat (Toulouse), N. Mas (Perpignan), J. Pierre (Clermont), L. Nallet (Racing-Metro), T. Dusautoir (Toulouse, capt.), I. Harinordoquy (Biarritz), S. Chabal (Racing-Metro).
Replacements: G. Guirado (Perpignan), S. Marconnet (Biarritz), J. Thion (Biarritz), J. Bonnaire (Clermont), M. Parra (Clermont), D. Traille (Biarritz), C. Poitrenaud (Toulouse).